It was a lovely Sunday afternoon and we fancied a drive out to the coast. Taking the scenic route through Timanfaya, we finally arrived in El Golfo too late for lunch and too early for a sunset dinner.

We decided to have a walk through the village to see if we could find somewhere offering tapas, rather than fresh fish which is usually on our minds when eating in El Golfo.

La Gamba Loca wasn’t a place we’d tried before, and they had a tapas special offer of 6 dishes for €15.

When the food arrived on a platter for us to share, it was just what we’d wanted. We had warm bread with mojo sauces, papas arrugadas (wrinkly potatoes), padrón peppers, pulpo (octopus), tacos de pescado (fish), gambas (prawns), a sardine and tronco de pescado which we assumed was a cross section of a small tuna.

It was all really good, the prawns were spectacular lightly coated and fried. My second favourite was the octopus which was tender and served with fresh coriander.

There was plenty to pick at whilst we sipped our glasses of dry white wine and enjoyed the view. The bill was €21 including 2 glasses of wine.

This can’t be compared to a sumptous fresh fish lunch / dinner, but it was exactly the kind of thing we had been looking for.

You can find La Gamba Loca, which translates to the crazy prawn, on the Avenida Maritima in El Golfo, they also have another restaurant on Calle Quemadilla in Órzola. Tel: 618 528 101

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